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More on Bachmann’s Migraines

The New York Times talks to Michele Bachmman’s son, Lucas, about her migraines:

“She would not in any respect meet the definition for not having capacity in one of these episodes,” Dr. Lucas Bachmann, the candidate’s son and a medical resident at the University of Connecticut, said in a telephone interview. “She is probably not going to run a mile, but in terms of being able to engage, she can comprehend and assess information — without a doubt.” …


Mrs. Bachmann noted Tuesday that she had maintained “a full schedule” as a candidate.  Dr. Bachmann, who does not treat his mother but is familiar with her condition, said she had been having the headaches for about 15 years and took “standard migraine treatment medications” to control them.

The drugs, he said, include two that she takes when symptoms arise — one to reduce pressure inside the cranium and another to reduce vomiting associated with the headaches — as well as prophylactic medication to prevent the attacks. At least twice while traveling, the congresswoman sought emergency medical treatment in urgent-care centers, where she has received nonnarcotic injections and was monitored by doctors, her son said. The treatment did not require overnight hospital stays.

Politico has unearthed some additional details on the story: 

In March 2006, migraines Bachmann suffered in the aftermath of an appendectomy prolonged her recovery from surgery, causing her to suspend her campaign and miss a week of work in the Minnesota state Senate, where she served at the time.

A migraine attack in May 2010 forced Bachmann to retreat to her congressional office and lie down in the dark. She managed to attend early afternoon congressional votes before flying to California to attend two political events, but she was in pain much of the time and sought emergency treatment. When Congress reconvened the following Tuesday, Bachmann missed a day of votes.

In July 2010, Bachmann missed eight House votes while being treated and released for a migraine by a Washington hospital. Her staff at the time said an unspecified illness was the reason for the missed votes. The attack caused her to cancel a campaign trip. According to her own account, it took her four days to recover.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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